The RS6 recently beat a GT-R around the track, but now it's going after its own family members.
In the past few weeks, Internet witnesses have seen automotive journalists begin to discover just how impressive the RS6 Performance really is. Based on the A6 Avant, the RS6 fitted with the optional performance package is no hot hatch since its dimensions and the eye-opening weight figure makes sure of that. Still, the RS6 Performance packs a gut-punching 597 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque going to all four wheels via an eight-speed gearbox.
That's a slight bit more than its supercar cousin, the Audi R8. The Spider we see here may be a bit heavier than its wagon sibling thanks to chassis reinforcements, but it shouldn't add too much of a burden to the 5.2-liter V10 engine that makes 533 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque.
The funny thing is, burdened or not, the RS6 Performance is a hell of a machine that can even challenge a diehard track machine like the Nissan GT-R. We shouldn't expect the RS6 to pull off the same supercar humiliating trick here given the R8's mid-engine handling superiority, but in a straight line, things are different. Thanks to a consistent and intense performance on the part of the RS6's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, things skew in the wagon's favor. Looks like there just might be a replacement for displacement.